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Marcy replied to the topic 'Beer Barrel Polka Bb (song of the monthJuly 2016)' in the forum. 3 hours 26 minutes ago

Yes, in the forum Technique and Learning to Play you'll find threads for each song of the month. You just click on the song you've worked up and post it there.

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richardarmstrong replied to the topic 'Beer Barrel Polka Bb (song of the monthJuly 2016)' in the forum. 3 hours 32 minutes ago

Harmlessonica wrote:

Excellent contribution Richard, thanks for sharing.

The first page of this site is like a bulletin board that shows activity in the various topics, or any messages posted directly there. You can click the blue links to go direct to the relevant topic, or use the menu on the black bar at the top of the page to go to the discussion forum, and browse the forum topics that way...

THANKS FOR THE ASSISTANCE Harmlessonica:
I assume the topic " Technique and Learning to Play" is where I need to post a performance in future.

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Harmlessonica commented on AndyT's video 4 hours 34 minutes ago

Great video, thanks for sharing. I've never tried one of these but you've certainly whet my appetite now! We should definitely compile club members'...

Harmonica Review - Hohner Meisterklasse MS key...

Out of the Box review of my favourite harmonica, and favourite key. The Meisterklasse is a heavy harmonica, extremely responsive, but very expensive.

Harmlessonica replied to the topic 'Beer Barrel Polka Bb (song of the monthJuly 2016)' in the forum. 4 hours 45 minutes ago

Excellent contribution Richard, thanks for sharing.

The first page of this site is like a bulletin board that shows activity in the various topics, or any messages posted directly there. You can click the blue links to go direct to the relevant topic, or use the menu on the black bar at the top of the page to go to the discussion forum, and browse the forum topics that way...

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Marcy replied to the topic 'Current Prices and a Little History' in the forum. 5 hours 56 minutes ago

Yeah, I agree that's definitely higher than it should be. I'm not sure why retailers in Canada are pricing so high, but luckily you can find better deals on those harps if you do some looking.

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pele66
Well played Richard .

Thank you pele66

richardarmstrong replied to the topic 'Beer Barrel Polka Bb (song of the monthJuly 2016)' in the forum. 11 hours 22 minutes ago

Thankyou Marcy.

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Dexer replied to the topic 'Current Prices and a Little History' in the forum. 13 hours 15 minutes ago

Marcy wrote:

The list price is always quoted pretty high here too, Dexer, but a lot of retailers discount it. Like I said, I definitely shop around, and it makes a big difference.

I'm not quoting list prices or MSRP prices, Marcy. I'm quoting actual retail prices...the true selling price in Canada. For the Special 20...

From the Long & McQuade website (largest music store chain in Canada):

"SKU: # 307873
Model: # 560BX-C
Your Price: $68.99 CDN"

From musicianswebstore (the largest harmonica dealer in Canada):

"List Price: Cdn$ 93.95
Price: Cdn$ 68.99
52.43 USD 46.91 EUR"

Tom Lee Music (large Canadian dealer):

"HOHNER 560 Special 20 Diatonic Harmonica (key Of A) Key Of A
SKU: 24997
Online: Arriving Soon
CA$66.99"

lamusic.ca

"Hohner Special Harmonica 20 C
Our Price: $66.99"


Now, those prices are in Canadian dollars so a conversion to US dollars at today's rate makes that average to about $52.00US dollars. Nevertheless, $52.00US dollars is pretty outrageous. It still represents a 95% increase in the last 3 years..

At Long & McQuade, a Seydel Session Steel is currently $84.00CDN retail:

"SKU: # 404093
Model: # SH10301-A
Your Price: $84.00 CDN"

I still have two boxes with price tags for Session Steels that I bought in person at Long & Mcquade in 2014 and 2015. The first one is $69.50. The second is $73.50. Now, at $84.00CDN, that's a little over 20% in two years. I can live with that even if I don't like it.

Right now, I'm sticking to the incredible deals on Japanese harps. Hohner and Seydel prices are controlled with cartel like precision. Dealers rarely move within a couple of percentage points of each other. But you can really shop for Suzukis. As mentioned here and in other threads, I've grabbed some high end Suzukis for less than half the price of a Marine Band (getting both a Hammond and an Olive for little more than $26.00CDN ...or $20.00US each)

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Marcy replied to the topic 'Current Prices and a Little History' in the forum. 14 hours 22 minutes ago

The list price is always quoted pretty high here too, Dexer, but a lot of retailers discount it. Like I said, I definitely shop around, and it makes a big difference.

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Marcy replied to the topic 'Beer Barrel Polka--July Song of the Month' in the forum. 14 hours 33 minutes ago

Richard Armstrong posted a very nice version of this month's tune in another thread. Here it is in this one to keep them all together. Really lively playing Richard. I enjoyed it!
youtu.be/DGY958cl6gA

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Marcy replied to the topic 'Beer Barrel Polka Bb (song of the monthJuly 2016)' in the forum. 14 hours 41 minutes ago

Hey, Richard, that version has a real lively feel to it. I can definitely imagine it at a party with a few barrels being rolled out. Sounded very nice to me!
I'll post it to the actual thread too, because as time goes on, I know people will want to use that version to play along with and learn from. If you want to do that, all you have to do is go the forum called Technique and Learning. The songs of the month are all there.

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richardarmstrong replied to the topic 'Beer Barrel Polka Bb (song of the monthJuly 2016)' in the forum. 17 hours 21 minutes ago

Tootler wrote:

Sounds good to me. Nice swing and good sound.

Just one query. Why not post in the main thread for the tune?

Thanks for the feedback Tootler..
Regarding the "main thread" I would post there if I could work out how to do it' ...... I find using the site confusing. I need step by step directions.

Richard

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richardarmstrong replied to the topic 'Beer Barrel Polka Bb (song of the monthJuly 2016)' in the forum. 17 hours 30 minutes ago

Thanks Sarge. I'm not good at tech stuff.

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Well played Richard .

Sarge replied to the topic 'Current Prices and a Little History' in the forum. 19 hours 30 minutes ago

Those prices you quoted for Hohner harmonicas are ridiculous. Why would they be so high when Suzuki is not?

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Sarge replied to the topic 'Beer Barrel Polka Bb (song of the monthJuly 2016)' in the forum. 19 hours 36 minutes ago

Hey Richard, from what I could hear of the harmonica you are doing quite well. The backing track was way too loud and drowned out your playing.

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Tootler replied to the topic 'Beer Barrel Polka Bb (song of the monthJuly 2016)' in the forum. 20 hours 25 minutes ago

Sounds good to me. Nice swing and good sound.

Just one query. Why not post in the main thread for the tune?

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